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Inter-House secondary football competition

By Francesco Masetti-Placci

Dear Parents and friends,

We continue to work to expand our initiatives. Hereafter the news and notices about last week’s activities, while we prepare new communications.

Inter-House Secondary Football Competition. Congratulations to Qin!

Last 8th March, an intense Inter-House Secondary Football Competition took place. The fighting spirit was very high, played by with mixed teams of boys and girls from Years 7 – 13. All teams were evenly matched, and which led to closely contested matches. However, there could only be one winner. Hereafter the overall scores:

QIN 2 1 0 6 1 5 7 1
HAN 2 1 0 3 1 2 7 2
SONG 0 1 0 3 6 4 1 3
TANG 0 1 0 3 7 4 1 4


Han were the best supported team and earned an additional 10 points for their team spirit. The Player of the Tournament nomination goes to Taeheon for leading his team to victory by example, defending and attacking. Overall, it was an excellent demonstration of the group and sporting skills of our Secondary students.

The next Secondary sporting inter-house activity will be the Inter-house basketball and table tennis competitions on March 31st.

MYP / DP House Gaming Tournament. Our first MYP / DP House Gaming Tournament has been going on at lunchtimes this week. The students have really enjoyed playing and watching games that require physical movements using the X-Box 360 Kinect system. The “Grease” dancing game was particularly entertaining to watch, as students had to follow the dance motions of characters in the game. “Fruit Ninja” showed the martial arts skills of students as they made movements to chop fruit. The Gaming Tournament will finish up with FIFA Football. The winners of each game will earn 30 House points each and the overall winning House will be awarded 50 House points.


Year 10 English Class Production. Our Year 10 English class produced an excellent video as part of their activities. This has been presented to all students and now is available on also YouTube – see hereafter the link: (

MYP Personal Project Exhibition.The Year 11 Personal Project is the culminating experience of the IB MYP, and is undertaken by every MYP student in the world. It reflects everything that we hope to have taught during the five years of the MYP.

A reminder that on Friday 24th March at 1.45pm we will have the Personal Project Exhibition, to which parents, family and friends are invited!

University Visit. We will host a college fair with 28 universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and Canada at 2:00pm next Tuesday 21st March.

It will be a unique opportunity for our students, and especially for our parents to know more about these universities directly from their admission officers. The event will be organized in an open fair format, with no presentation but more opportunities to talk directly to all these admission officers. The following universities will be on our campus:

Albion University U.S.
Augusberg College
Badwin Wallace University
Bates College
Colby College
Colby Sawyer College
Colgate University
Depauw University
Drake University
Elon University
Emmanuel University
Lasell College
Lynn University
Messiah College
Trinity University
St. Olaf University
Salve Regina University
Texas Christian University
University of Houston
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of New Haven
Wentworth Institute of Technology
State University of New York – Fredonia
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Germany
IE University Spain
University of Kent UK
Ryerson University Canada
University of Guelph


This event is open to all our community, and parents and students are strongly encouraged to invite their friends who may be interested to attend.


Thanks again for your continuing support.


Francesco Masetti-Placci


Upcoming Events

Tuesday 21st March            University visit: CIS University Tour (28 universities)

Wednesday 22nd March      Information Session: The Middle Years Programme

Friday 24th March MYP       Personal Project Exhibition

Monday 27th March             University visit: Merrimack College

Wednesday 29th March       Information Session: The Theory of Knowledge

Friday 31st March                 Last day of school before Spring Break

About the Author

Francesco Masetti-Placci

Former School Principal

Dr. Masetti-Placci was a former school Principal of Xi’an Hanova International School from 2015-2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Bologna and a Master in Information Technology from Polytechnic of Milan, with studies also in France (University of Rennes) and the USA (Washington University). Before joining Hanova, he previously has taught in secondary schools and universities in Italy, France, USA and China.

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